The Greatest Need Fund

The Greatest Need Fund provides funds to use across campus for projects that fall outside statutory funding but are vital to the life of the University. This is made possible by donations from alumni and other friends of the University.

The Greatest Need fund works like a charity trust application scheme, where each December a committee, comprised of representatives from across campus, invite bids to our Friends Programme for funding. We aim to give grants to projects which improve our students' experience of university life, college based projects and initiatives to increase academic resources and excellence.

Over the past 15 years, grants have been given for:

  • research equipment
  • entrepreneurship schemes
  • inter-departmental research collaborations
  • university-wide events
  • college facilities
  • equipment and travel grants for students clubs and societies
  • outreach projects with local schools

Each year we are overwhelmed by the number of high quality and innovative projects happening across campus, each of which could benefit from your help.

Apply for a Friends Programme Grant

If you are a staff member, student, department or student society, find out how to apply for a Friends Programme Grant.

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Thank you!

Here is just a very small sample of the projects which have been funded across campus.

Projects funded

Since 2001 we have given over £1 million to over 250 projects across campus. 

Here are just a few of those projects:

College Projects

Bowland College - mature & off-campus student facilities (computers for mature students, community facilities within the college for students who live off campus such as lockers and the use of a kitchen).  

Cartmel College - live entertainment equipment (lighting, sound and stage equipment so they can put on events such as the comedy shows).

County College – furniture for the study room

Furness College  - TV room refurbishment, off-campus room and study room refurbishment.   

Fylde College - Off-campus facilities, new seating for Fylde bar and quad area, improvements to JCR and college environment.

Graduate College – New Ideas festival:  to give research students an opportunity to develop skills in the dissemination of ideas to a mixed audience, encourage links between the university and the city and demonstrate the role of academic research within everyday experience.  The English Café: A project to support English language and cultural development.

Grizedale College - resource room, PCs for college foyer, outdoor social space.

Lonsdale College - outdoor furniture, JCR office refurbishment.

Pendle College - graduate bursaries, computer facilities, secure cycle parking, vacation scholarships, disabled computer access.  Funding for a PA kit for college initiatives such as ‘Pendle Live’.

Department/Faculty Projects

Applied Social Science – research project into young people’s views on gun culture, disability access study.

Biological Sciences – avian disease study, science workshops for school children.

Biomedical & Life Sciences - skin cancer cell research, Be a scientist! project for schools, equipment to support research into a broad spectrum of human conditions from clinical diseases such as cardiac failure, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and cancer, coma, hypoxia and post-spinal cord injury. 

Continuing Education – laptops for senior learners, student ambassador skills training. 

Engineering – Engineering department safety wear storage lockers, interactive whiteboard technology, Lancaster University racing car.     

English & Creative Writing – Literature Live at LancasterLancaster University Writers OnlineWriting Across Cultures seminar, graduate computer room and Uganda/Sudan women's writing link.     

Environmental Science – pilot research into the art and science of terrestrial and aquatic habitats.

European Languages & Cultures – German language film club.  

Geography - Morecambe Bay observatory software, geographic information system equipment, digital aerial photography and satellite imagery.

History - sharing historical research, student & community projects.      

Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development – ethical sourcing for business forum. 

CEEC – Lancaster University’s career mentoring scheme.             

Lancaster International Concert Series - education outreach, online composition resource, webcast concerts.

Peter Scott Gallery - access project, artist in residence, sculpture on campus, university art collections online.

Pre-school Centre - outside play area development and sensory room. Creation of an outdoor classroom.

Public Arts – the commission of a new single multimedia web-site incorporating the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster International Concerts and the Nuffield Theatre, public arts outreach activities.

Clubs, societies and Students' Union Activities

Bailrigg FM - CD player replacements.  Outside broadcast and live sessions equipment

Ballroom Dancing Society – Hosting the Annual Northern Universities Dance Competition in Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Boat Club - new rowing boat and other equipment.       

Canoe Club - canoe polo funding coaching award scheme, new boats.

Hip Hop Society – Performing arts mirrors.

Have a go and get active – encouraging sport amongst students

Promoting Social Responsibility at Lancaster University               

Roses - tournament sponsorship 2004 2008 2010

Student Media Group Project – purchase of equipment to enable the media coverage of LUSU events in order to broadcast to a wider audience.

Create– student business start-up fund

LUVU – various programme including their sports-orientated Activate, and their schools volunteer programme

Sports Centre - defibrillator, equipping the pool for water polo & canoe polo.    

Get in touch:

Development & Alumni Relations‌

C Floor, University House

Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW

T +44(0)1524 594109

Contact a member of the Alumni and Development Team